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A classic Vermont view from Burke Mountain in East Burke, VT (photo by Eric H.)

Lifelong New Englanders write about the best Vermont
travel tourist attractions, well-known and hidden destinations, and some truly amazing restaurants with a regional flair.  We also feature hundreds of Vermont hotel listings with the best available discount rates.

Editor's note: is comprised ofnative New England professional travel writers who give you the "inside scoop" on making the most of your Vermont vacations. As lifelong New Englanders, we write about the best Vermont travel tourist attractions, well-known and hidden destinations, and some truly amazing restaurants with a regional flair. 

Ultimately, we give you perspectives and information on Vermont travel that can't be found anywhere else. Because we are paying travelers looking ourselves for the best in Vermont, we pass along the best trip planning information to you -- as if we were planning our own Vermont vacation. Ultimately, we focus more on providing you "pure" Vermont travel information rather than marketing hype. Enjoy the travel essays and tips on things to do, en route to your Vermont vacation!

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Scenic, pure and wholesome Vermont

Beloved, beautiful and bucolic, Vermont is the state that New England vacation dreams are made of -- find out to make the most of your Vermont travels here   

by Eric H.

There's something special about Vermont. The classic small villages with tall church steeples, dramatic but gentle green mountains, pleasing rolling hills and the overall laid back feeling from a gentler era make Vermont a prime New England vacation destination.

Conservative New England, long-haired hippies, transplanted New Yorkers looking for a better life, leftist politics, farmers and more walks-of-life co-exist in this state where almost everywhere you turn looks like a picture perfect postcard. Diversity may be the way of the people, but cows still outnumber the human population.

Best known for world-class alpine skiing and its stunning fall foliage, Vermont is just as good in the spring and summer when the sweet mountain air, swimming, boating and hiking opportunities and spectacular winding country drives create instant memories. Of course, a Ben and Jerry's ice cream is good at any time of the season, as well
as a tour of its revered home facility in Waterbury, Vt.

Burlington is Vermont's biggest city, and it pleases the visitors in big time ways. Situated on Lake Champlain, some say it looks like a mini San Francisco. That's debatable, but the bottom line is that Burlington is a colorful city, especially at Church Street Marketplace where a four block pedestrian area features hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, cafe, galleries, shops and street vendors and entertainers. The lakefront area is beautiful and also features dining, a park and a ferry to Port Kent, N.Y. (seasonal).

Communities like Stowe, Woodstock, Dorset and Weston are extraordinarily beautiful, the types of places you'd expect of Vermont -- loaded with charm, small-town life, interesting little shops, and unparalleled New England mountain and rural scenery.

The 360,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest is a scenic gem, where visitors can take a nice, picturesque drive or for the more adventurous, hike the 260 mile Long Trail. The Green Mountains and its surrounding areas are perfect for fishing, hunting, swimming,, skiing or just staying at an upscale or rustic resort.

One visit to Vermont forces one to relax . When it's time to leave, the first thought, many times, is to return as soon as possible. It's simply a beautiful state that deserves a visit and many return ones.



(Articles and resources from and our blog, The Weekly New England Travel and Vacation Gazette

Vermont Destinations - Great Cities and Towns

Vermont's best travel destinations

Hidden, less traveled Vermont destinations

Why we love Weston, VT, and The Vermont Country Store

A look at Downtown Lyndonville, VT

Vermont pictures that will bring you into the classic villages, towns and back roads of the "Green Mountain State."

Brattleboro has a unique personality and a beautifully restored mill town look.

Spotlight on Stowe VT -- New England Vacation Destination Summaries.

"Leave" it to Stowe, Vt., for great fall foliage.

Vermont's Queen of the Downtowns: Burlington

Visiting the idyllic small Vermont town of Townshend.

Montpelier is the smallest state capital but offers big-time charm and things to do.

St. Johnsbury is the gateway to beautiful Northeast Kingdom

Manchester is situated beautifully at 3,618 Mt. Equinox.

With small town charm and close proximity to great Vermont attractions, St. Albans is known as the "Maple Sugar Capital of the World."

Bellows Falls is a proud, old community on the mend.

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Vermont Attractions (includes shopping)

Read our New England tourist attractions page for the best things to do in Vermont.

Commanding fall foliage views at Burke Mountain

A Visit to Bailey's and Burke Country Store, East Burke

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Vermont Dining and Food Places

The Beloved Misss Lyndonville Diner, Lyndonville

The Historic Lyndon Freighthouse Restaurant, Gift Shop and Train Museum, Lyndonville, VT

A Visit to Kerrigan's Market and Deli, West Burke

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Vermont Hotels

Find hundreds of Vermont Hotels at discount rates -- book online through

Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville offers a fantastic scenic Green Mountains getaway retreat -- with loads of activities!

Clean, modern lodging and stunning nearby scenery awaits you at the Comfort Inn and Suites in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

The Foxfire Inn and Italian Restaurant earns high marks for its charming guest rooms and tremendous Italian cuisine.

A Joyful Stay at the Lynburke Lodge and Motel, Lyndonville

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Vermont Calendar

Check the New England calendar of events section for key Vermont events and news.

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Vermont on a Budget at The Thrifty New England Traveler Blog

Apple Cider at The Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vt.

The Old Mill Museum and Waterfall, Weston, Vt.

Visiting the Putney General Store, Putney, Vt.

A Vermont day trip on $20

Easy Vermont hikes for the family

Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour, Waterbury Vt.

Vermont Teddy Bear Tour

Biking the Stowe. Vt., recreation path

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Vermont Trip Planning Support

Have a question about visiting Vermont? Ask the experts for all your Vermont trip planning needs!

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Vermont Travel Archives/Past Press Releases
Smugglers' Notch Resort, in Jeffersonville, Vt. is a classic Vermont lodging destination.

New England profiles: A Boston Flatlander Who Made It Big in the Vermont Mountains.

The Joy of Eating Vermont Cheddar Cheese.

Find Vermont Country Store Vermont products, including aged cheddar cheese, maple syrup, warm vests, foot warmers, and button suspenders.

Stowe Lodging: warm nights, warmer welcomes.

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